After three years away, a full O’Neill summer is finally back! We're looking forward to having a talented slate of playwrights, actors, and musicians here on campus to share their work with you!
Join us as we reunite in-person to continue to discover, develop, and empower new work, new voices, and creative risk-taking and celebrate another #ONeillSummer!
With so many can't-miss events, you'll want to be sure to get your tickets early! Tickets for all of our summer events are on sale now at the link below!
The O’Neill relies on its Members to keep its programs strong, provide critical support for the creation of new theater, and participate in the development process. Please consider becoming a member today!
The National Puppetry Conference, under the leadership of Pam Arciero, will be held June 6-11 with the Pre-Conference event scheduled from May 31-June 2.
In addition to the two public performances in the Dina Merrill Theater that will conclude the conference, we are delighted to once again offer individuals the opportunity to join several exciting puppetry masterclasses via Zoom, taught by internationally acclaimed artists.
Since its founding in 1978, the National Music Theater Conference has developed more than 130 new musicals, including early works of award-winning writers and composers such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Michael R. Jackson, Kirsten Childs, Andrew Lippa, Tan Dun, Robert Lopez, Duncan Sheik, Adam Gwon, Steven Sater, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Maury Yeston, and Jeanine Tesori.
The 2022 conference returns to a fully in-person experience on the O'Neill campus. Three musicals were selected, each of which will undergo the O’Neill’s signature development process and be presented as public staged readings featuring award-winning casts and creative teams.
Since 1964, the National Playwrights Conference has developed more than 750 new plays, including early works of award-winning writers such as Lee Blessing, Adam Bock, Kia Corthron, Christopher Durang, John Guare, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, David Henry Hwang, David Lindsay-Abaire, Martyna Majok. Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Robert O’Hara, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, and Jeremy O. Harris.
The 2022 conference returns to a fully in-person experience on the O'Neill campus. Six plays were selected, each of which will undergo the O’Neill’s signature development process and be presented as public staged readings featuring award-winning casts and creative teams.
The Cabaret & Performance Conference will present 10 public shows between August 10–14 and 16–20 in its return to the beautiful Dina Merrill Theater.
The line-up features some of the best talent in Cabaret Theater, including O'Neill favorite Cabaret & Performance Conference staff members, four incredible guest artists, and, of course, our Cabaret Fellows and Cabaret Junior Fellows.
Masks will be required and proof of vaccination will be required for the purchase of a table during the Cabaret & Performance Conference.
Join us Saturday, August 6 under the tent in the Sunken Garden. This festive summer fundraiser will feature cocktails, live entertainment, and an unparalleled view of Long Island Sound during a sunset seated dinner.
The Pub will officially open for the season Wednesday, June 1. Enjoy a drink and small bites from our full-service bar in the iconic log cabin and reconnect with your friends on the Pub's expansive patio and lawn with views of Long Island Sound.
Open Wednesday–Sunday, Blue Gene's offers food trucks every weekend, happy hour specials, live music featuring local musicians, brunch-style specialty cocktails on Sundays, and even more outdoor seating on our spacious grounds! Artists and events will be announced at a later date.
Wednesday-Saturday from 5 -11PM
Sunday from 1 - 5PM
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is a COVID-responsible campus. Masks must be worn while ordering drinks inside the Pub.
Your patronage of Blue Gene's Pub helps support the O'Neill's educational and artistic development programs. Follow @BlueGenesPub for updates.
Theatermakers Summer Intensive trains 26 students in a credit-earning curriculum of acting, directing, and playwriting. The six-week program focuses on: cultivating constant creativity practice, essential training techniques, high-quality mentorship, and collaborative opportunities that yield original work. Our students join all the 2022 Summer Season artists gathered at the O’Neill with a shared passion for creating new work for the stage.
Free Performance Dates and Locations:
June 13 - Edith Oliver Theater
June 27 - Dina Merrill Theater
July 4 - Dina Merrill Theater
July 11 - Rufus and Margo Rose Barn Theater
July 18 - Dina Merrill Theater
America's only boot camp for arts writers, NCI 2022 will return to the O'Neill campus July 12-24. One of the O'Neill’s oldest programs, National Critics Institute is an intensive professional workshop designed for arts writers and critics (in fields such as theater, dance, film, music and food) looking to strengthen and diversify their skills in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced industry.
Director Chris Jones, critic and columnist at the Chicago Tribune and Associate Director, Naveen Kumar, head America’s leading boot camp for arts journalism, offering an intensive course of study for writers of diverse experience levels.
The 2022 Summer Season is made possible by:
Production Resource Group (PRG), The Shubert Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Burry Fredrik Foundation, Connecticut Office for the Arts, Geraldine Stutz Trust, The Jane Henson Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Nan H. Altmayer Charitable Trust, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, Actors' Equity Foundation, Frederic R. Coudert Foundation, The Kitchings Family Foundation, The Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the support of individual O’Neill donors.
The O’Neill strives to maintain a COVID responsible environment, and, out of an abundance of caution and respect for the health and safety of our audiences and performers, will require all campus guests to wear a mask when indoors or attending a performance regardless of venue.
Proof of vaccination will be required for the purchase of a table during the Cabaret & Performance Conference.
Capacity in Blue Gene’s Pub will be limited to available seating, and we ask all guests to wear a mask when ordering a drink at the bar.
These policies may be amended at a later date.